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Poem: “Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969)

Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969)

By Patrick T. Reardon


ancient network

burned out

the final sparks of life

and music

linger on

true fire dies hard

(he honeys his tenor sax

for sweet Jesus)

high priests

surround the dying saint

melodic prayers

reverencing the final moments

heavenly prayers to earth

in rhythmic religion

the monster is beyond life

melody’s dying thread is out of place

with tired nerves and sinews

full of awe

Patrick T. Reardon


This poem was originally published in Back Door in 1970.

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